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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dog-Eared Pages

The title of this blog is NOT how I treat my books. I never dog-ear my pages. I use a very lovely bookmark someone gave me. Actually, I try really hard not to crack the spine either…when I lend someone a book, they always ask “Did you read this?” The answer is always yes….I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn't read it and love it.

But forgive me, I have digressed. Again. 

Thom & Mel before Dog-Eared Pages Opened

Dog-Eared Pages is actually the name of a bookstore here in Phoenix. My favorite bookstore. As you probably already know, I love books….the way they smell. The way they feel in your hand.  The way they brighten a room and make it feel homey. The way they can take you to exotic places and make you fall in love over and over again (and my old dog Sasha would probably tell you how good they tasted, too. She developed a taste for Stephen King at a very young age and ate a book or two before she grew out of her puppy/teething stage).

The first time I walked into Dog-Eared Pages, I was hooked. This shop was my idea of a bookstore, from the shelf upon shelf of new and used books to the comfortable surroundings, it was everything I want in a bookstore and more. They have deeply cushioned chairs you can get comfortable in and read away the afternoon. They have books you didn’t know you wanted or needed until you start walking among the shelves. Everything from contemporary to historical, from true crime to biographies and reference books are there for your enjoyment. They even have a display of local authors! Most importantly, the owners, Thom and Melanie are there to greet you, recommend a good read, offer you a cup of coffee or tea and talk everything books! They are wonderful!

So what’s your idea of the perfect bookshop? Something big yet intimate? Warm and friendly? If that’s what you’re looking for and you’re in the Phoenix area, stop in and see Thom and Melanie. You’re gonna love it!

As always, happy reading!


  1. Do you have a link to the bookstore website?

  2. Good morning, Nancy,
    Here's their website addy:

    It's a lovely shop...I think you'll like it.

  3. I know what you mean about cozy bookstores and the owners. I recently went into a bookstore in Door county-considered the Little New England of Wisconsin-where the owner kept a section of Wisconsin writers and the rest were mainly used historical and mystery books. Not too many romances, but I may change his shelfing space in the future(!). My husband and I then ran into him out to eat that night and as soon as the owner found out I am "In the Biz" too, we had a lengthy conversation on the usefulness of tangible books.
    Those are my favorite types of bookstores-down to earth and friendly. I also like those with a coffee house attached:)